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Volleyball player from Sierra Leone ‘missing’ in Switzerland

The Sierra Leone Volleyball Association announced on Wednesday that one of its two athletes at the Under 21 Beach Volleyball World Championship in Switzerland has "gone missing".

Volleyball player from Sierra Leone 'missing' in Switzerland
File photo: Chris Graythen/Getty Images North America/AFP

In an exclusive interview with AFP in Freetown, the President of the Association, Christopher John, said, “the missing athlete, Aminata Turay, was in a delegation of four (two athletes, a coach and a team doctor) but the team was knocked out of the qualifiers after losing three pool matches”.
   
He described Turay's disappearance as “shocking”, adding that “this will definitely hurt the country's participation in upcoming international sporting events.”
   
“We were expecting some good news of victory in the tournament, not news of being missing which is bound to spoil our image,” he stressed.
   
“I have already contacted her parents and they are also shocked over the development,” according to John.
   
A family source told AFP, “we had no indication that Aminata would not come back to Freetown.”
   
“Actually, she was very enthusiastic about the trip, which was the first time she was participating in volleyball competition abroad.”
   
Sierra Leone finished sixth in the final stage of the Olympic qualifiers, held in Lucerne from May 11th-16th.

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VALAIS

Missing Valais man ‘froze to death’

A young man who went missing from Vétroz in the canton of Valais following a work party on Saturday has been found dead.

Missing Valais man ‘froze to death’
The man went missing in Vétroz. Photo: Taou Lavigne, Wikimedia Commons

The 24-year-old, who was not wearing a coat, is thought to have frozen to death in overnight temperatures of minus three degrees, according to newspaper reports.

The man’s body was discovered lying in a vegetable plot by a dog walker six days after his disappearance.

The young man, who worked for a drilling company, had moved on to a club with friends following a work night out.

At around 10pm he was thrown out of the club in t-shirt sleeves, apparently because he had no money.

According to Valais paper Le Nouvelliste, a worker at a kebab stand opposite the club was the last person to see him alive.

He said he had given the young man a sandwich although he had not had the money to pay for it.

The kebab seller said he was accompanied by another person.

The dead man’s father said he found it hard to accept that his son had died of hypothermia.

He said his son may have become disorientated and been heading for Sion.

A manhunt involving search dogs and helicopters failed to find the missing man.